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Title:
How Santa lost his job
Author:
Krensky, Stephen.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
Summary:
Frustrated by Santa's slowness at Christmastime, Muckle the elf creates a mechanical replacement called the Deliverator and proposes a series of contests to prove that it can do Santa's job better than he can.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 310 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 54084.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 26647 Guided reading level: N.
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ISBN:
9780689831737
Format :
Book

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Santa has the best job he can think of -- bringing presents each Christmas to children all around the world. Every year he prepares for his trip: He trims his beard, takes a bath, gets dressed, and packs up his sleigh for the long night ahead. But there are always a few unexpected delays that make things a little hectic. Muckle, one of the elves who helps Santa, thinks he can come up with a more efficient way for delivering the toys -- a method that won't involve Santa at all.
Stephen Krensky's understated text and S. D. Schindler's charming illustrations come together to create a warm and funny tale that reminds us just how important the human touch really is.


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Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. If anyone has job security, it's Santa. Right? Wrong. Elf Muckle wants to bring Christmas-package delivery up-to-date and up-to-speed with the shiny, rocket-powered Deliverator, which never takes a bath or wear boots--and doesn't care for cookies and milk. It looks like Santa and his reindeer are headed for early retirement--till the metal mail carrier literally falls down on the job, proving that new doesn't always equate with better. A riot of red details adds spunk to the pictures, as do the borders, which are filled with schematic drawings of the unsuccessful rocket. The sweetly goofy artwork is a good fit for the uncomplicated plot. Try this for lap sharing; read it in tandem with Krensky and Schindler's How Santa Got His Job (1998).Stephanie Zvirin


Publisher's Weekly Review

In How Santa Lost His Job by Stephen Krensky, illus. by S.D. Schindler, downsizing hits the North Pole when the elves vote to sack Santa in the name of efficiency. Clever, humorous details abound in Schindler's pen-and-ink art (the elves upgrade to computer ordering; reindeer help Santa clean house). A fitting follow-up to How Santa Got His Job. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-In this companion to Krensky's How Santa Got His Job (S & S, 1998), St. Nick faces a common work dilemma-the automation of his job responsibilities. When the elves grumble about his inefficiency, nerdy Muckle invents the Deliverator, a robotic replacement for Santa. The old man protests, "There's more to my job than meets the eye," but allows the elves to judge for themselves-man versus the machine. Subsequent text and Schindler's wonderfully energetic and detailed illustrations depict the elusive qualities that make Santa the best choice. When the Deliverator malfunctions and crashes on Christmas Eve, the jolly man graciously and with the utmost professionalism resumes his duties. "After that, nobody talked of replacing Santa again. Each year there were new delays or mix-ups. But the elves didn't mind. They realized now that this was all perfectly normal." Even libraries that don't own How Santa Got His Job will want to purchase this title, both for holiday enjoyment and for classroom use.-L. F. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.